Sunday, February 1, 2015

SpinTunes 10 Round 2 Shadow: Howl in the Family

A shadow for SpinTunes 10 Round 2 (in addition to our official entry)

My wife just adores Ross Durand's music, so I had to do this silly little pastiche. I had to. Also, since I insisted to William that were doing "Hitchcock, not the Munsters", I got it into my head to sing about a family much like them. Consider this to be about their poor country cousins.

With full apologies to Ross, of course.



Howl in the Family
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My children were bitten by werewolves
Now they howl at the moon when it's full
It's a good thing that I never feared wolves
I'm a daddy that don't take no bull
I spend quality time with my young'uns
We still go to the park and play catch
'cept one week out of four
When they scratch at the door
Then we go to the beach and play fetch

[chorus]
We're keepin' it Howl in the Family
Just everyday folk right next door
Universal appeal 
That we just can't conceal
We're ord'n'ry right down to the core

My wife, she turned into a zombie
And she wanted to feast on my skull
But my poor baby had to go hungry
'cause my cranium just ain't that full
I invited the neighbor to supper
He's in Mensa with a Ph.D.
Then I bashed in his head
And she fed on the dead
'Cause she means all the world to me

[chorus]
We're keepin' it Howl in the Family
Just everyday folk right next door
Universal appeal 
That we just can't conceal
We're ord'n'ry right down to the core

You may wonder why I'm not infected
Well, I am but there don't seem to be
Any symptoms that can be detected
Of zombies or lycanthropy
So I guess I'll go back to my coffin
Where I'll sleep 'til the daylight is gone
Then I'll knock back a flood
Of delectable blood
'til tomorrow brings one more new dawn

[chorus]
We're keepin' it Howl in the Family
Just everyday folk right next door
Universal appeal 
That we just can't conceal
We're ord'n'ry right down to the core

Universal appeal 
That we just can't conceal
We're ord'n'ry right down to the core


Lyrical Notes
It is what it is. Although with that horrible title pun, I might have been channeling Glenn Raphael. And yes, "Universal appeal" in the chorus does allude to Universal Pictures, home of the classic monsters portrayed by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney.

And for the record: Yes, I should be ashamed.

Musical Notes
My wife heard it and opined, "You're no Ross Durand".
I hadn't even told her it was a pastiche.

Nevertheless, she's right.



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